Research Purpose: The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs received a planning grant to increase the Tribal justice system’s coordination, efficiencies, effectiveness, and ultimately improve community wellness and safety. NPC Research was selected as the facilitator and evaluator of this 2-year process. The main areas that the grant was meant to tackle included improving effective coordination between Tribal departments, maximizing program resources through shared functions, increasing capacities to carry out effective fundraising, and creating a vision and plan for the future. The Tribal departments involved in this planning process included the Tribal courts, prosecution, legal aid, Tribal Council, law enforcement, probation, behavioral health, social services/child welfare, and several others partners.
Tasks: The main tasks for NPC throughout this process were to work with a core team of key managers to identify areas of the justice system that need improvement, prioritize the needs, create a plan to accelerate the pace of positive change, and document the process while providing recommendations. NPC facilitated several planning conferences where plans were examined, barriers discussed, solutions identified, and departmental collaboration and coordination improved.
Funding Source: Department of Justice (Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation)
Start Date: April 2014
Jade Croome, B.S.